I just returned from my Columbus Day Weekend in SoBe/MIA. It was a great! I must say though, if you want to get a lot of well-manicured raised eyebrows from locals, just say you came to Southbeach alone, ha! So I decided to post my itinerary to show that sobe can be fun alone and in the daylight, no less! Check it out:
A funny story:
A few months ago I won some luggage tags from TripAdvisor. As I'm sitting on the bus leaving the MAM to go to my hotel, a nice local with fuschia hair sits beside me, and upon noticing my TA luggage tags asks, "do you work for tripadvisor.com?" Of course I could have embellished and said yeah and say that me and AdvisorGirl are like this *does the "like this" hand symbol* but I just said, no...but I'm on that website...a lot! We both had a good laugh.
What I will miss:
--the sound of reggaeton rhythms booming from the cars passing by (and me wishing the red light was a bit longer so I could figure out the name of the song)
--the chill pedestrian traffic...everyone walked at their own pace and I never felt like I was in the way...unlike in some cities (hi, NYC!)
--the beauty of the beaches and water
--being closer to the Oprah-sphere than I currently am locationwise
--cab drivers with cool accents sharing taxicab wisdom
Things I'm a little ambivalent about my visit:
--having to actually hail a bus! This should be in all the tourist manuals on Miami. If you are merely standing by the bus stop sitting pretty and waiting, the bus will not stop. You have to actually flag it down--blew my mind. I also learned that it helps to not wear shades b/c the bus drivers really need to see that hopeful look in your eye as well.
--showing up to a restaurant *hungry* is a bad idea. The waiting combined with a hunger headache is a deadly combination. By the end of Day 2 I made use of the Walgreens near by so I could always have aspirin and bottled water with me to get me through the restaurant waits.
--the random evening shower--luckily it happened to me at the end of my last night...and I must say, perhaps I am a wimp...but I've never felt rain drops that cold! Amazing!
all in all, it was a great few days. Thanks to everyone on TA for helping me plan my trip!